Collections—facts and figures
Beetles and butterflies, fish and worms, prehistoric fossils and ambassadors from outer space: The collections in the Center of Natural History (CeNak) house over 10 million objects. Researchers from all over the world come to Hamburg to study them. Our archives also contain what are known as type specimens, or reference specimens with internationally recognized scientific names and descriptions. The collections are used especially for research on the effects of climate change—for example, on particular species. As archives of diversity, they are enormously valuable.